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anthony brooks 331/12/2017 21:37:48
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Hello All. Just joined the forum. I am Rhodesian living in Georgia. I did a fitter&turner appieship at Zimbabwe Alloys. Moved into the drawing office. I used read Model Engineer at the bookshop. I now work in a hospital(a move I regret).

I have a 9" South Bend in average shape, a mini-mill, a Craftsman drill press and some woodworking tools. Very few people around here share my interests. I found the Model Engineers Workshop and have purchased a few magazines electronicrally.

It is great to see all that you do and to give and receive help.

Brian H01/01/2018 07:43:36
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Hello Anthony and welcome to the forum, I'm sure you will find lots to interest you.

What sort of projects are you planning to tackle?


Chris Evans 601/01/2018 08:47:20
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Welcome along Anthony, enjoy the banter. Some very good ideas come from this forum.

anthony brooks 301/01/2018 16:00:16
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I have just purchased a new 3-jaw chuck(Christmas present) which needs to be installed. I am hoping to make a small (and simple) steam engine.

anthony brooks 301/01/2018 19:38:19
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I have been looking at an engine on 'steves-workshop.' I think I should manage it. Buying other than 20ft lengths of material is a bit of an issue. It is amazing that no matter how much you have in your 'scrap bin' the piece you need is never there.

Neil Wyatt01/01/2018 20:52:01
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Gamarjoba Anthony!

Welcome to the forum,


(I don't speak Georgian but my Daughter has a Georgian friend and speaks a bit. she and my wife have visited Tblisi).

anthony brooks 302/01/2018 18:31:11
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Hello Neil. I should have been more precise - Leesburg, Georgia, USA. I thought the South Bend and Craftsman may have given things away.

Neil Wyatt02/01/2018 18:55:58
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Posted by anthony brooks 3 on 02/01/2018 18:31:11:

Hello Neil. I should have been more precise - Leesburg, Georgia, USA. I thought the South Bend and Craftsman may have given things away.


It was "Very few people around here share my interests." that made me think it was the east-European counterpart.


John Alexander Stewart02/01/2018 19:45:07
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Hello Anthony - don't worry about Neil - when I read "Georgia" my first thought was "that warm place way south of me" then remembered that there were a couple of other Georgias around. Actually, I'd have expected him to think of South Georgia, still owned by the British, I believe.

The 20 foot lengths are a bit of an issue, as sometimes even the cutting charges that I have to pay up here in Canada cost more than the material.

You may also find that lots of items are actually turned all over, so making something out of a bit of larger material may actually happen more than you expect, so you may not require as many sizes as you think.

The Brits are in luck - they can purchase material in small quantities...


Oldiron02/01/2018 19:58:52
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Hi Anthony. Surprised that you say "not many people interested in your area."

You are not far from Moultrie GA where I believe they have a huge swap meet for engineering buffs every year. Look up Keith Rucker **LINK** on YouTube you may get more info from him.


anthony brooks 302/01/2018 22:14:50
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I have always thought that meet was limited to cars. I will have to look into it. There is one in Perry GA, dedicated model aeroplanes.

Perko703/01/2018 07:26:23
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In Ipswich Australia some of the local steel merchants and fab shops are happy for you to browse through their off-cuts bin and retrieve anything useful. Usually charge a nominal fee which goes into their beer fund.

Perhaps the health and safety bureaucrats in your area have made this difficult?

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